MDMA-Assisted Therapy FAQ

What is MDMA-Assisted Therapy?

MDMA-assisted therapy is unique in that it uses Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA)

in conjunction with specific therapeutic techniques. Therapists work in paired teams, under the guidance of a medical doctor, to administer MDMA during 8-hour therapeutic sessions, separated by unmedicated integrative therapy sessions. The teams of therapists at The Pearl Psychedelic Institute have been trained through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program to facilitate MDMA-assisted therapy.

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What is Expanded Access?

As defined by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), expanded access is a potential pathway for a patient with an immediately life-threatening condition or serious disease or condition to gain access to an investigational medical product (drug, biologic, or medical device) for treatment outside of clinical studies.

Is MDMA legal?

Western North Carolina

MDMA is an investigational drug, which means that it has not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for sale for medical use in the United States. MDMA is also a controlled drug and is illegal to use outside of research. However, The Pearl Psychedelic Institute has been authorized by MAPS to legally administer MDMA under an FDA-approved clinical study in order to work toward the legal use of MDMA as a viable treatment for PTSD and trauma.

Is MDMA the same as "Ecstasy" or "Molly"?

“Ecstasy” and “Molly” are terms for recreational drugs that may contain MDMA as well as other compounds. Because these recreational compounds are rarely tested for purity, strength, or adulterants, they should not be considered equivalent to MDMA.

How does someone receive MDMA-Assisted Therapy at The Pearl Psychedelic Institute?

Please continue to check this website for updates on program candidacy information. The Pearl Psychedelic Institute accepts applications from anywhere in the world.

Is MDMA-Assisted Therapy Expensive?

MDMA-assisted therapy is not currently covered by health insurance because it is still considered an investigational treatment. The total cost of several months of therapy might be cost prohibitive for many people. Through fundraising activities and donations, The Pearl Psychedelic Institute is working hard to make the cost less of a barrier. 

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How can I support this project?

We accept and greatly appreciate donations to our nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible are used to further research and provide direct service to patients.

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"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."

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